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Old 06-08-2010, 08:03 AM
 
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I am looking for a safe area, schools don't matter as I do not have kids. I hear Santa Rosa can be foggy, would like to live where there is more sun as I have never lived in Northern Ca before and hear the weather can run the gambit> I have looked for crime stats and since I dont' know the areas they really dont mean much. I hear eastern santa rosa is a better area to live in, but know nothing about san rafael. I would like to be near shopping, area for singles, not night clubs because I don't do clubs, area for singles activities.. any suggestions?
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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I hear Santa Rosa can be foggy, would like to live where there is more sun
Outside of the southern desert, almost anyplace in California can be foggy. Even the Sacramento Valley gets fog in winter. Generally marine influence is what makes a western climate mild, and the marine layer -- fog -- is a part of that.
Santa Rosa is in a coastal valley and as such, it will have must less fog than the coast, but it will have some (mostly in the morning). San Rafael is a bit more marine due to the proximity to San Pablo Bay and won't get hot in summer as often as Santa Rosa does. Both cities have mild climates with ample sunshine but significant marine layer from time to time.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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When I think of foggy towns, Santa Rosa is NOT high on the list....San Rafael is further up the list but not by much. Neither is as foggy as San Francisco's Ocean Beach or anywhere that is directly on the coast.

I would split the difference and go with Petaluma - Westside, as it is not foggy, overall generally safer than either SRosa or SRafael (not that either Sr's are terribly unsafe anyway) more walkable, great historic downtown with lots to do...outlet mall is a shopping bonus as well.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:50 PM
 
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San Rafael... it's not even close. It's also twice as expensive to buy a home. One of the premier areas in the entire state.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Outside of the southern desert, almost anyplace in California can be foggy. Even the Sacramento Valley gets fog in winter. Generally marine influence is what makes a western climate mild, and the marine layer -- fog -- is a part of that.
Santa Rosa is in a coastal valley and as such, it will have must less fog than the coast, but it will have some (mostly in the morning). San Rafael is a bit more marine due to the proximity to San Pablo Bay and won't get hot in summer as often as Santa Rosa does. Both cities have mild climates with ample sunshine but significant marine layer from time to time.
Right. Both Santa Rosa and San Rafael can experience morning overcast during the summer months. San Rafael is on the bay so the marine influence is even stronger than Santa Rosa and why Santa Rosa is a little warmer. Both cities have very pleasant summer weather, however [ie. San Rafael averages around 80F & Santa Rosa in the low 80's].

The fog that forms in the Sacramento valley & San Joaquin valley during winter is not marine. "Tule" fog develops in the low-lying regions near the rivers after a rain storm has left the ground wet. The tule fog can be very dangerous because it is often very low to the ground and reduces visibility to the point that airplanes can be grounded and freeways can become death traps. Both Santa Rosa and San Rafael can experience tule fog though not nearly as much as the Central Valley when east winds blow the fog westward toward the coast.
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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I am looking for a safe area, schools don't matter as I do not have kids. I hear Santa Rosa can be foggy, would like to live where there is more sun as I have never lived in Northern Ca before and hear the weather can run the gambit> I have looked for crime stats and since I dont' know the areas they really dont mean much. I hear eastern santa rosa is a better area to live in, but know nothing about san rafael. I would like to be near shopping, area for singles, not night clubs because I don't do clubs, area for singles activities.. any suggestions?
thanks
Both are reasonably safe and both have pretty sunny weather--significantly sunnier than San Francisco. There is some fog in both places, but it burns off and doesn't normally hang around all day long.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:51 AM
 
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I've lived in Santa Rosa all my life and still feel itis "safe." Safer than San Rafael in my opinion. San Rafael is much more "bay area" than Santa Rosa, since it is much closer to San Francisco. The east side of Santa Rosa? Yes, it is sunnier, but I'm not sure about safer. Rincon Valley (east SR) has nice parts and not-so-nice parts. West SR blends into the Sebastopol area which still has the country feel. It can be foggier than east SR, but the fog, when it is here, is just in the morning and at night. The mid-days are delightful. And the fog isn't here all the time. I don't think of SR as foggy. I think Santa Rosa is a great place for non-clubbing singles. There are opportunities for various interests: Hiking, reading, food, wine, health & wellness.. Santa Rosa Junior College is in town which offers all kinds of interesting classes....nice restaurants, some nice parks, and Healsburg and Sonoma are only a half hour away for a change of pace and boutique style shopping & fun dining. Santa Rosa has a downtown mall, Coddingtown mall and Montgomery Village for a variety of shopping. Corte Madera is just 40 minutes away for more upscale shopping options. Seriously, for safety and security, I would choose Santa Rosa over San Rafael.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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San Rafael has lower crime statistics. There is one bad neighborhood (The Canal) but other than that there is virtually no crime. (I have lived in both cities.)
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Lyons, France, Whidbey Island WA
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If you can afford San Rafael..........no contest.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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Any thoughts on Sebastopol? My husband and I are thinking of relocating there as we like small, quiet, quaint but near a larger metropolitan area. We are now in coastal NC and hate it......moved here from Reno, NV about 3 years ago so have been to Sebastopol/Santa Rosa/Petulma area many times. Looking for cooler summers and more year round climate so not a chance to go back to NV. We are retired so schools etc are not a thought but good medical and shopping, outdoors, cultural is desireable. We plan to rent, at least initially so buying a home is not in the equation either at this point.
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